Cockpit Country

Cockpit Country,

hilly region on the plateau of Jamaica, c.200 sq mi (520 sq km), W central Jamaica. Composed of limestone rock, the region has many sink holes, caverns, and subterranean streams.
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In his Independence Day message, Prime Minister Holness said his administration has settled the boundaries of the cockpit country which were unresolved for decades.
We also considered that the cockpit country is a water bank for Jamaica, storing vast volumes of the precious commodity in caves and caverns beneath it.'
To hike, you'll have to drive 1.5 hours southeast to Cockpit Country, acres of other worldly wilderness replete with waterfalls, mossy hillock and limestone caves.
A case in point takes place in the Cockpit Country of Jamaica.
A recent botanical expedition (2006) to the Cockpit Country, headed by Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, found the species growing on all elevations of Island View Hill but identified less than 50 individuals (Lauren Raz, pers.
Except for the small cultivated plots and modest dwellings, Cockpit Country remains much as it was centuries ago.
Negril, out west in Cockpit Country, has the best beaches.
I persuaded my driver to take me into the cockpit country, an area few Jamaicans have even seen and where descendants of the Maroons still dwell in autonomous communities, to visit the historic Windsor Great House.
Montpellier was founded shortly after the British signed a treaty with Cudjo, the maroon leader operating in the nearby cockpit country, making it possible to develop this extended area into a very profitable sugar estate.
They entrenched themselves in the Cockpit Country, a forbidding limestone landscape of steep conical hills punctuated by deep basins, a rocky wilderness which shifted unpredictably underfoot, where days of difficult traveling got you nowhere.